Articles | Volume 23, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1199–1210, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1199-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1199–1210, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1199-2019
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01 Mar 2019
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Seasonal origins of soil water used by trees

Scott T. Allen et al.

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We used stable isotopes of xylem water to study differences in the seasonal origin of water in more than 900 individual trees from three dominant species in 182 Swiss forested sites. We discovered that midsummer transpiration was mostly supplied by winter precipitation across diverse humid climates. Our findings provide new insights into tree vulnerability to droughts, transport of water (and thus solutes) in soils, and the climatic information conveyed by plant-tissue isotopes.